In the Fifty story “Ohio: The View From Above,” we learn about Blanche Noyes, the first woman to get her pilot’s license in Ohio.
The story picks up with Blanche after her participation in the world famous Women's Air Derby. She now flies a private Ford Trimotor airplane for Standard Oil of Ohio, spending most of her days—just a little bored—waiting for the rich and powerful to board her aircraft.
Can't you just picture the two of them as children? Blanche growing up in Ohio, Louise in Arkansas, making paper airplanes and studying hard and fantasizing about racing through the sky?
If that kind of imagining makes your heart soar, this week's craft project is just for you. Below, you'll find directions for three paper airplanes. None of them are terrifically complicated—each take only a few minutes to make—but they're guaranteed to get your little ones excited about flying.
You'll need scissors for one plane—and a simple butter knife will help make your folds sharper and more precise for all of them—but otherwise each of these planes can be made with nothing but a sheet of paper. They're perfect for summer evenings when the sky is blue and wide enough to dream big.
Three Paper Airplanes
Several sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper
The Basic Dart With a Twist
This is a basic paper airplane, with a surprise—it spins in a spiral as it flies through the air. To make it:
It's a Bird, It's a Plane!
Blanche's Brave Glider
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.
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